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Category: Fifa

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Said & Done: ‘There’s zero tolerance on doping. We always expect fair play’

The week in football – also featuring: Ivan Gazidis, Barça and a human moment Alexei Sorokin, Russia’s Fifa executive, on 2018 World Cup head Vitaly Mutko’s IOC life ban for “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport”: “It has no connection to …

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Proxy battles by the US and Russia are taking sport back to the 1930s | Richard Williams

Lindsey Vonn’s outburst against Donald Trump means she takes her place in a complex game where politics and sport have once again become deeply entangledOn the face of it, Lindsey Vonn looks like Donald Trump’s type. Tall, blond, blue-eyed and a former…

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Fifa’s ethics investigator does not have skills for job, says damning report

• Council of Europe questions María Claudia Rojas’s experience for role• Fifa’s governance under Gianni Infantino criticised by Anne BrasseurThe suitability of Fifa’s ethics investigator to do the job has been seriously called into question in a severe…

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It’s been a long time coming, but Fifa intervention means FFA change is on the way

Opting for a body consensual in nature but under Fifa/AFC direction, resolution should occur with minimum of damageIt feels somewhat perverse to praise Fifa’s acumen during a week in which its handling of Russia has re-alerted the football community to…

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FFA and Lowy avoid sack as Fifa extends football peace talks

Fifa was widely expected to recommend Lowy and his board be removed and a normalisation committee be installedFootball Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has avoided the sack and a Fifa takeover of the local game after the world governing body a…

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Fifa’s desperate dependence on Russia exposed in flimsy response to IOC ban | David Conn

The governing body’s willingness to let Vitaly Mutko, a man banned from the Olympics over state-sponsored doping, run next year’s World Cup shows how ethically compromised it remainsHow awkward it has been for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino, …

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US Soccer president Gulati will not seek reelection after World Cup failure

Gulati has been most powerful man in US soccer for 12 yearsFifty-eight year-old attracted criticism after USA missed out on Russia 2018The US Soccer president, Sunil Gulati, will not seek a fourth term, announcing his decision two months after USA fail…

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Said & Done: ‘I think the media gives the wrong image of Russia’

The week in football – also featuring: Boris Johnson, PSG and a vaudeville display Gianni Infantino in Moscow: advising “western media” to show some respect. “Do not try to paint with a dark paint everything that comes from the east – from Russia or th…

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Gary Lineker fronting World Cup draw for Fifa feels like a kind of betrayal | Barney Ronay

Lineker has been one of Fifa’s most visceral critics and it is baffling to find him presiding over events in Moscow, even in an industry where the phrase ’complete moral volte-face’ tends to draw blank looksAs the days ticked down you kept thinking he …

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Gary Lineker fronting World Cup draw for Fifa feels like a kind of betrayal | Barney Ronay

Lineker has been one of Fifa’s most visceral critics and it is baffling to find him presiding over events in Moscow, even in an industry where the phrase ’complete moral volte-face’ tends to draw blank looksAs the days ticked down you kept thinking he …

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World Cup 2018 draw: how it all works and which teams England should avoid

• England will be hoping to avoid traditional enemies Germany• Draw from Moscow on Friday will be shown live on BBC TwoThe highly anticipated draw for the 2018 World Cup finals kicks off in Moscow on Friday afternoon and BBC Two will be covering all th…

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England fans told to stick to a pint on World Cup matchdays if they want to stay safe

• Visit Russia cannot guarantee safety if supporters are drunk and offensive• Fifa forced to deny Friday’s World Cup draw in the Kremlin will not be riggedEngland fans at the World Cup finals in Russia next summer have been told to restrict their alcoh…

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Fifa’s new broom Gianni Infantino exhibiting signs of limited shelf life

World game’s president has already wrecked his flagship event and with the World Cup draw due on Friday still has only one of 20 local sponsors in place and has yet to agree terms for the TV rights with Russian broadcastersGood news and bad news once m…

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Fifa trial: ex-president of Colombia’s football federation discussed bribes

Luis Bedoya said he and two other senior South American football officials discussed potential bribes to back Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World CupThe former president of Colombia’s football federation told a New York City courtroom on Monday that he …

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Will FFA AGM resolve Australian football’s governance crisis?

Fifa intervention a real possibility with ongoing concerns over gerrymandering; gender equity; a second division and moreFootball Federation Australia’s Annual General Meeting takes place in Sydney on Thursday. This is the final opportunity for Austral…

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Said & Done: ‘All they ever wanted was Tavecchio on the cross’

The week in football – also featuring: Fifa, octopus slurs and old ball boys Carlo Tavecchio: reflecting on his record after a “media witch?hunt” forced him out as Italy’s FA president: “Two hundred and forty people work for me here. Two hundred and fo…

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Fifa trial: Qataris were in talks for company caught up in alleged bribery scheme

PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi backed out of deal after indictmentsDetails come up during trial of former football officials in New YorkNasser al-Khelaifi, the chairman of a powerful Qatari sports investment company that owns Paris Saint-Germain, was …

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Fifa’s World Cup debacle isn’t just about money – there’s horror and death too | Barney Ronay

It is tempting to call Fifa’s corruption debacle a gift that just keeps on giving. Except it feels like something else by now, a gift that has, frankly, given too muchAre you feeling it yet? The Fifa corruption fatigue? It has, after all, been seven ye…

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Fifa trial: defendant accused of witness intimidation after official’s suicide

Shortly after former Argentinian football official killed himself amid bribery allegations, prosecutors say Manuel Burga made throat-slicing gesture at witnessA defendant in the Fifa corruption trial was accused of intimidating a key government witness…

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Fifa trial: defendant accused of witness intimidation after official’s suicide

Shortly after former Argentinian football official killed himself amid bribery allegations, prosecutors say Manuel Burga made throat-slicing gesture at witnessA defendant in the Fifa corruption trial was accused of intimidating a key government witness…